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  • CAS SO 411: Seminar: Sociology of the Nonprofit Sector
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior or senior standing and at least three previous sociology courses, including CAS SO 203 and a CAS SO 300-level course or higher; or consent of instructor.
    Introduction to sociological research on that part of society known as the nonprofit sector, including nonprofit organizations, community-based organizations, voluntary associations, and social movements. Focus on some of the literature’s major themes: civil society, social capital, and nongovernmental organizations.
  • CAS SO 418: Seminar: Sociology of Medicine
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior or senior standing and at least two previous sociology courses; or consent of instructor.
    Focuses on the medical profession, sources of its power and authority, the effects of recent changes in financing and delivery of healthcare. Medical training and decision-making analyzed. Doctor-patient interaction and the use of alternative treatments.
  • CAS SO 420: Seminar: Women and Social Change in the Developing World
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior or senior standing and at least two previous sociology courses; or consent of instructor.
    Studies women in nonindustrial countries of Asia, Africa, and Latin America, stressing empirical research, theory, and methodology. Comparisons between regions and with industrial countries. Focus on sex segregation, female labor force participation, migration, fertility, family roles, and women and political power. Also offered as CAS IR 425.
  • CAS SO 434: Seminar: Sociology of Mental Illness
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior or senior standing and at least two previous sociology courses; or consent of instructor.
    An evaluation of current theories and research on the social sources and consequences of mental illness. Featured topics for discussion include social-psychological perspectives on the definition, diagnosis, etiology, and treatment of mental disorders.
  • CAS SO 437: Seminar: Sociology of Culture
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior or senior standing and at least two previous sociology courses; or consent of instructor.
    The sociology of culture in the twenty-first century. Focuses on the connection between the mind and culture. Examines the interdependence between culture, society, and individuals, and how belief, faith, knowledge, symbol, ritual, and the like both produce and are products of social organization.
  • CAS SO 438: Seminar on International Migration
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior or senior standing and at least two previous sociology courses; or consent of instructor.
    Explores the social dynamics of contemporary international migration, ranging from the development of transnational migrant communities to the impact of state policies that strive to regulate migrant labor flows.
  • CAS SO 447: Seminar: Global Sociology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior or senior standing and at least two previous sociology courses; or consent of instructor.
    (Meets with CAS IR 447.) Examines different sociological perspectives on global social dynamics and processes.
  • CAS SO 452: Contemporary Debates in Sexualities Research
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior or senior standing and at least two previous sociology courses, one of which must be CAS SO 240; or consent of instructor.
    Engages debates about sexual identities, practices, and communities, conceptualizing sexuality as both a social construct and an institution. Students consider how sexualities operate across social contexts, their effects on systems of inequalities, and their intersections with race, class, and gender.
  • CAS SO 455: Topics in Social Issues
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing and at least two prior sociology courses; or consent of instructor.
    Topics seminar that takes in-depth look at a social issue. May be repeated for credit as topics change.
  • CAS SO 459: Deviance and Social Control
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior or senior standing and at least two previous sociology courses, or consent of instructor.
    Sociological explanations of types of deviancy and methods of controlling it. Students select research topics ranging from behaviors and conditions perceived as deviant (e.g., crime, terrorism, sexual deviance, addictions) to methods of control (e.g., law, medical treatment, social exclusion, war).
  • CAS SO 460: Seminar in Economic Sociology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing and at least two prior sociology courses, or consent of instructor.
    Introduction to core theoretical perspectives and debates in contemporary economic sociology (structural/network, cultural, institutional/political, and performativity) with a special attention paid to morality of markets, commensuration and construction of value, money, credit and finance and inequality.
  • CAS SO 490: Seminar: Global Health: Politics, Institutions, and Ideology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior or senior standing and at least two previous sociology courses; or consent of the instructor.
    What is global health? Who are the main actors in global health debates? This seminar explores the politics of global health, providing students with sociological tools, concepts, and knowledge to help make sense of conflict in contemporary global health debates.
  • CAS SO 491: Directed Study
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: approval of CAS Advising Office, junior or senior standing, and consent of instructor.
    Individual instruction and supervised study project in sociology for concentrators and nonconcentrators.
  • CAS SO 492: Directed Study
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: approval of CAS Advising Office, junior or senior standing, and consent of instructor.
    Individual instruction and supervised study project in sociology for concentrators and nonconcentrators.
  • CAS SY 101: Senior Year Topics
    SY101 is an activity and discussion based class focused on a specific topic area to help students prepare for life after college. Topics vary by section number.
  • CAS WR 097: Academic Writing for ESL Students 1
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: placement test results.
    Study of academic conventions and effective strategies of academic reading and writing, along with needs-based review of grammar and mechanics. Emphasis on comprehension, summary, and critical analysis of a wide range of texts. Focus on improving both fluency and accuracy in writing and speaking. Frequent papers and in-class writing.
  • CAS WR 098: Academic Writing for ESL Students 2
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS WR 097; or placement test results.
    Emphasis on critical reading and analytical writing in response to various theme-based texts. Review of grammar and mechanics in context. Intensive practice in the patterns of academic argumentation through multiple writing assignments of increasing complexity. Refinement of speaking skills through discussions and oral presentations.
  • CAS WR 100: Writing Seminar
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS WR 098; (if student required to take that course).
    Topic-based seminar in academic reading and writing. Attention to reading and analyzing primary and secondary sources, argumentation, prose style, revision, and citation. Significant writing and individual conferences.
  • CAS WR 150: Writing and Research Seminar
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS WR 100.
    Topic-based seminar in academic reading, writing, and research. Continuing attention to argumentation, prose style, revision, and citation, with additional emphasis on college-level research. Significant writing and individual conferences.
  • CAS WR 202: Children's Literature in the Elementary School
    An introduction to the world of children's literature. Classics and exemplary modern works are studied, with a particular focus on literary techniques, nonfiction text structures, cultural diversity, and gender. Covers children's literature recommended by Massachusetts English Language Arts Framework (2001).